Former world champ Quigg hints at retirement after homecoming loss

Scott Quigg strongly hinted he will retire from boxing after being outclassed by Jono Carroll, who delivered a career-best performance en route to an 11th-round stoppage at the Manchester Arena.

Quigg, the former WBA super-bantamweight champion, was looking to prove he remained at the elite level but the Bury fighter struggled with the superior movement and work-rate of his Irish opponent.

While Quigg never looked to be seriously hurt, he was wobbled on a couple of occasions and there was a sense he could have been pulled out before trainer Joe Gallagher eventually threw in the towel in the penultimate round.

The 31-year-old offered no excuses after being stopped for the first time in his 40-fight professional career before admitting he will in all likelihood bow out from the sport.

Quigg and Carroll after the fight. Credit: Press Association

"He was the better man on the night," Quigg told Sky Sports. "After the fourth round, it didn't feel like it was there, I was just chasing it. But no excuses, the better man won and fair play to him.

"I'm a realist, I don't kid anyone. I believe at my peak, I would have won this, no problem, and that's taking nothing away from Jono. In my day I believe he wouldn't have lived with me.

"On this performance and how I felt, I don't know if there's much left, to be honest."